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    demand vs. a demand

    I came across the following sentence the other day:
    -A demand for foodstuffs is great.
    I've always considered the word 'demand' (if it means 'needs/desire for goods/services) uncountable. I would not use an indefinite article in this sentence. Am I right?

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    Re: demand vs. a demand

    I agree with you. I would use the article for a single request, not a general state of affiars, as in this example.

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    Re: demand vs. a demand

    That's why I don't like it when non-natives write English text books for advanced learners. If you need to learn the basics you can buy anything you want but when it comes to a need to purchase a text book intended for advanced learners you should be very careful. What about AmE? Is the example I wrote above possible in AmE?

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